This is the first pose that I ever felt a real sense of lightness in: like a paper airplane gliding on a breeze or that moment when you reach the highest point on the playground swings and you nearly forget that you are rooted to the earth at all. I also find it to be a continuous challenge because it requires me to be conscious in every single part of my body: lengthening out through my fingertips, reaching in different directions with both legs and floating my head back while never forgetting to be conscious of my center. There is
always that little bit of fear (fear? maybe a better word is awareness) that I am just a hair’s breadth away from falling flat on my back, or face, or going legs up in a way that would be really embarrassing if I weren’t surrounded by such understanding yoga friends, but somehow that fear can sometimes compel me to let go of all the other concerns that are fighting for space in my head (thesis, boyfriend, don’t forget to pick up some milk on the way home, how can I recreate that outfit from Vogue magazine with the clothes in my closet) in a way that is magic and then I understand what Sinead is always saying about the true heart center. It is an physical and mental feeling that I try to keep in mind in postures that I have more trouble with (headstand) and also in my life outside of yoga!
I hope you get as much out of this wonderfully freeing pose as I do.
Thanks Katelyn for being such a dedicated yogi. It’s always a pleasure to have you in class.